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The MI Watch is the latest smartwatch to join the Wear OS platform and the list of Snapdragon 3100 smartwatches. it joins the likes of Fossil Gen 5 which is also powered by the 3100 chip. The MI watch is the first smartwatch from Xiaomi, and also the first to custom the Wear OS platform, while taking inspiration from the Apple Watch. In this comparison, we compare the Fossil Gen 5 vs Xiaomi Mi Watch specs and features – Which is Better?

Fossil Gen 5 vs Xiaomi MI Watch – Specifications Compared

 Fossil Gen 5 CarlyleXiaomi Mi Watch
fossil gen 5 calyle specs

EDITOR'S RATING

Design:
4.6 out of 5 stars (4.6 / 5)
Battery:
3.5 out of 5 stars (3.5 / 5)
Fitness tracking:
4.1 out of 5 stars (4.1 / 5)
Features:
4.4 out of 5 stars (4.4 / 5)
Price:
3.3 out of 5 stars (3.3 / 5)
Average:
4 out of 5 stars (4.0 / 5)
Design:
4.5 out of 5 stars (4.5 / 5)
Battery:
3.7 out of 5 stars (3.7 / 5)
Fitness tracking:
4.1 out of 5 stars (4.1 / 5)
Features:
4.6 out of 5 stars (4.6 / 5)
Price:
4.1 out of 5 stars (4.1 / 5)
Average:
4.2 out of 5 stars (4.2 / 5)

WHERE TO BUY

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ABOUT DEVICE

Device nameFossil Gen 5 CarlyleXiaomi Mi Watch
Device typeClassic/Fitness smartwatchStandalone/Fitness smartwatch
PredessesorFossil Gen 4 Q Explorist--
Successor----
Released dateAugust, 2019November, 2019
Ideal forMenUnisex

DISPLAY

Display typeAMOLED (Always-on)AMOLED (Always-on)
Display size1.28 inch1.78 inch
Display resolution416 x 416 pixels438 x 368 pixels
Pixel density--326 ppi
Input typeTouchscreen plus 3 physical buttonsTouchscreen,
digital rotating crown,
one physical button
Always-onYes

BODY

ShapeCircularSquare
Dimension44 x 44 x 12 mm44 x 44 x 12.3 mm
Weight--56 grams
Casing materialStainless steelAluminum or stainless steel
Strap/band materialStainless steelFluoroelastomer
Bezel MaterialStainless steelCorning Gorilla glass 3 or
Sapphire glass
Strap size22mm22mm
Screen protectionCorning Gorilla glassCorning Gorilla glass 3 or
Sapphire glass
Water resistant/ProtectionYes, 3ATMYes
Swim-proofYes--
Color(s)Black silicone/steel
Dark Brown/black steel
Smoke stainless steel
Black, silver

MEMORY

RAM1GB1GB
Internal storage8GB8GB
Memory card slotNoNo

CONNECTIVITY

BluetoothBluetooth smart v4.2 LEBluetooth smart v4.2 LE
Bluetooth callingYesYes
Wi-FiYesYes
NFCYesYes
GPSYesGPS/GLONASS/Galileo

CELLULAR TECHNOLOGY

TechnologyNoGSM/HSPA/LTE
SIMNoYes, e-SIM
BandNo--

NOTIFICATIONS

Email alertYesYes
SMS alertYesYes
Calls alertYesYes
Event reminderYesYes
WeatherYesYes
Third-party appsYesYes

FITNESS TRACKING

Sleep apneaNoNo
Sleep trackingYesYes
StepsYesYes
Floors climbedYes_
Heart rate monitoringYesYes
CaloriesYesYes
DistanceYesYes
StressYesYes
VO2 Max.YesYes
Blood oxygenNoNo
Blood pressureNoNo
Menstrual cycle trackingNoNo
Swim trackingYesYes
Under-water heart rate trackingNoNo
Preloaded mapsNoNo
On-screen workout modesNoNo
Triathlon mode___
ECG TrackingNoNo
Preloaded sport modesYesYes
Safety trackingNo_

MEDIA

Audiomp3/mp4mp3/mp4
Music streamingYesYes
Bluetooth musicYesYes
RadioNoNo
LoudspeakerYesYes
MicrophoneYesYes
CameraNoNo

SENSORS

AccelerometerYesYes
Barometer/AltimeterYesYes
Heart rate monitor (HRM)YesYes
CompassNo_
Gyroscope YesYes
Ambient lightYesYes
Pulse Ox.NoNo
ECGNoNo
ThermometerNoNo
Other sensors__--

PLATFORM

Operating system (OS)Wear OSWear OS/MIUI
ChipsetQualcomm Snapdragon 3100Qualcomm Snapdragon 3100
CPU--Quad-core 1.2GHz
GPU----

BATTERY

Type of batteryNon-removable Li-ion batteryNon-removable Li-ion battery
Battery capacity 310mAh570mAh
Battery lifeStandby: 3 days+
Mixed usage: 1 day+
Mixed usage: 36 hours
Charging typeInductive charging magnetInductive charging magnet
Charging timeAbout 1-2 hoursAbout 1-2 hours
Battery saver modeYesNo
Solar powerNoNo
Rapid chargingYesNo

CLOCK FEATURES

Time/DateYesYes
StopwatchYesYes
AlarmYesYes

OTHER FUNCTIONS

Control cameraYesYes
Music controlYesYes
Find phoneYesYes
Text responseYesYes

MISC

Payment systemGoogle payAli Pay
Compatibility Android 6.0 (excluding Go edition)+
iOS 10.0+
Android 5.0+
iOS 10.0+
Companion appFossil Q appXiaomi Wear
Customizable watch faceYesYes
Interchangeable band Yes, 22mmYes, 22mm
Voice commandYesYes

BOX CONTENTS

Fossil Gen 5 CarlyleXiaomi Mi Watch
StrapsStraps
Inductive charging magnetInductive charging magnet
Quick start guideQuick start guide
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Fossil Gen 5 vs Xiaomi MI Watch – Features Compared

  1. Design

  2. While the Mi Watch takes inspiration from the Apple Watch square shape, the Gen 5 retains its regular circular shape. This off course results in the Mi watch having a larger 1.78 inch display compared to the 1.28 inch of the Gen 5. That means, you get to see more at a glance on the Mi watch than on the Gen 5.

    AMOLED powers the display on both device as well as Corning Gorilla Glass protecting the screen which translates to two sturdily built durable devices. But while aluminum is used for the Mi Watch case, stainless steel is used for the Gen 5 which makes the later heavier than the Mi watch.

    In other words, the Mi Watch being lightweight is more comfortable to wear all day longs. And that extends to also being better wear for sports activities than the Gen 5.

    Although, Gen 5 with classic watch appearance of a traditional watch is more befitting wear for official outings, even though the Mi Watch will also make a perfect fit for formal occasions.

  3. Cellular Connectivity

  4. The Mi Watch comes with e-SIM which supports and enables cellular connectivity up to 4G LTE which the Gen 5 lacks. This makes the Mi Watch a standalone smartwatch that allows you to make and receive calls directly from the device.

    Although, the Gen 5 with microphone and loudspeaker will allow you receive calls, and as well initiate calls via Bluetooth calling which is supported on both Android and iOS devices. This doesn’t necessarily make it a standalone smartwatch, but it bring a significant level of convenience.

  5. Fitness Tracking

  6. Both watches are well equipped to track your active life comprehensively, each comes with heart rate sensor, accelerometer and inbuilt GPS which enables any of these two to track your heart rate, calories, sleep, and outdoor activities such as locations and routes.

    However, the Mi Watch with Pulse OX sensor will be able to track blood oxygen which isn’t available on Gen 5. Moreover, it’s able to auto-detect and track up to 10 activities which are more than the 7 activities the Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 can auto track.

    Although both watches run on the Wear OS platform, the Mi Watch runs on Xiaomi custom MIUI on top of Wear OS. It is the first smartwatch to run a custom skin on top of Google’s smartwatch operating system.

    There are over 40 apps programmed into the Mi watch, including lighter versions of popular MIUI apps like Tasks, Recorder, Notes, Mi Home and more. MIUI For Watch also has its own app store which is now accessible to third-party developers.

  7. Battery Life

The Mi Watch has one of the biggest battery capacity I’ve seen thus far, and while this doesn’t translate to the longest battery life, it does ensure it’ll last a little longer than the Gen 5.

While the Mi Watch has been tested to last up to 36 hours with continuous cellular connectivity, the Gen 5 will last just over a day with mixed usage.

Which is Better?

These two smartwatches no doubt represent the very best on the Wear OS lineup and some of the best on the market currently – premium designs and outstanding features. But I think the Mi watch is a better smartwatch, it’s a more comprehensive smartwatch.

The Mi watch costs about $185 in China which far less than the $300 Gen 5, yet great quality with standalone capabilities and a slightly longer battery life which makes it a more comprehensive smartwatch.

However, the Mi Watch running on a custom MIUI on top of Wear OS has limited access to the Google Play store, and that means you get limited access to your favorite apps, unlike the Gen 5 which gives you full access. Although, 40 apps have been included with rooms for more by developers.

Our Pick

The Xiaomi Mi Watch with a spectacular design and being a standalone smartwatch with a quite impressive long battery life is our preferred choice.

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